What are the Enclosure of the Commons?
The Inclosure Acts (or "Enclosure Acts" in modern
spelling) were a series of United Kingdom Acts of Parliament which
enclosed open fields and common land in the country, creating legal
property rights to land that was previously considered common.
Between 1604 and 1914, over 5,200 individual Enclosure Acts were
put into place, enclosing 6.8 million acres of land (almost 11,000